The summer is upon us which means we’ll all be spending more time outdoors enjoying beaches, pools, parks, and our own backyards. Our pets love being outdoors, lounging in the cool grass while soaking up the sun, too. While humans know the importance of sunscreen and staying hydrated over the summer, our pets obviously do not. One woman has an important message about taking our pets outside in the hot summer months and it’s one we don’t think about as much as we should.
Jess Williams, a registered nurse, posted her story on Facebook and while it wasn’t her dog that was affected, thankfully, this medical professional was on-hand to help save someone else’s. Jess explains that over the sweltering Memorial Day Weekend, she went out for a run and with around a mile and a half left to go, she came upon another woman out for a job with her pup.
However, the pup wasn’t doing much running. In fact, all it could do was lie in the grass. Jess explained that the dog “had collapsed and was unable to get up and was panting harder than I have ever seen a dog pant.” She pointed out that she knew immediately the dog was suffering from heatstroke. All Jess had with her was a warm bottle of water that the heat-exhausted pup couldn’t keep down. Jess called 9-1-1 and the two women decided to carry the dog to the entrance of the forest preserve where a sheriff’s deputy was waiting with a bag of ice.
Jess wrote that they covered the dog with ice and rubbed it all over her for “a good 30 minutes.” The dog was still not able to walk very well so Jess instructed the owner to take her to the vet for IV fluids and electrolyte replacement. Jess was compelled to share this story “to educate people about dogs and heatstroke. Dogs cannot sweat to cool their bodies down like humans can. They overheat VERY quickly and can go into cardiac arrest, seizures and multisystem organ failure. Please keep your animals cool!”
She also noted that “it is never good to cool a dog’s temperature too rapidly. Ice is not the best choice. Cool water and cloths/towels are the best options. These were not available at the time of this incident. Ice was used because it was the only readily available item. The best thing anyone can do is prevent this from happening in the first place.”
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